Jimmy Magahern

Arizona's freelance writer. Since 1982.

Phoenix, AZ

Jimmy Magahern

I write immersive stories on any subject thrown my way. I once wrote 5,400 words on the mall. Occasionally I come up with ideas of my own.


Phoenix Suns Ownership Group Braces for Power Play

With an owner in the #canceled seat and a franchise on the rise, the Phoenix Suns ownership group braces for a power play – and mounting scrutiny from a newly progressive NBA.
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Ms. In-Between

The most powerful person in Arizona politics may be a spotlight-shy Chandler psychologist with ties to neither party.
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Record-setting heat blasts the West

(Contributing reporter) Fueled by climate change, the heat wave is unprecedented in its timing, intensity and scope.
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Steven Spielberg No Phone Home?

Spielberg’s upcoming movie about his Arizona childhood will likely not be filmed in Phoenix, renewing calls to reinstate a filmmaker tax incentive.
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Republicans launch recount of vote in Arizona’s Maricopa County, a process embraced by Trump allies pushing false claims of fraud

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Split Decision

The election is over, but the war is just beginning for control of Arizona’s largest political party.
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Evicted Families Double Up as Postponed Rent Comes Due

As postponed rent comes due, evicted families “doubling up” with other households may rise – along with COVID-19 cases.
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Trump jumps into a divisive battle over the Republican Party — with a threat to start a ‘MAGA Party’

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For a divided country, riot at the U.S. Capitol becomes one more flash point

Coverage of the election certification protests in Phoenix and other cities across the U.S.
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We Went to the “Stop the Steal” Protest in Phoenix. What We Saw: A GOP Civil War in Miniature

A schism is developing even among those all similarly draped in pro-Trump merch.
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Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Soar Amid Pandemic

Fraudulent unemployment claims soared during the shutdown. Is the AZ DES prepared for another wave?
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How America’s hottest city will survive climate change

(Contributing reporter) On a warming planet, heat hurts communities of color more. But Phoenix is finding ways to cool down.
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Jimmy Magahern

Give me a week, and I'll totally get into, under and around any subject. I learned that disciplined abandon as a young music journalist for the Phoenix New Times, where I'd write about The Clash one week and Julio Iglesias the next. (Both great, btw.)
Since then, I've written for the Arizona Republic, PHOENIX magazine, Times Publications and more. I've won Arizona Press Club and national writing awards in categories ranging from sports and entertainment to health, business and technology.
Give me a week, and I can find something fascinating, relatable and relevant to write about anything.



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